Life has not been easy for Marine veteran Robert Kugler. He lost his brother in Iraq in 2007 and his oldest sister in a car accident a couple of years ago. “When you see lives end shortly before people get to do many of the things they dream of doing, it changes your perspective on life,” he said.
That’s why, when he found out his dog, Bella, had cancer and only had a few months to live, he decided to make the most of the life they still had together.
First they headed to the Marine Corps Ball in Chicago, then continued east through the northeastern United States.
“I’d like to get my 4Runner geared up as a more organized camping rig, then go out towards the [National] Parks,” he said. “Taking Bella to each state really isn’t the priority, it’s more having her along to experience my own ‘hero’s journey’ and appreciate each other’s spirit and life on the planet.”
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